Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Painter's Daughter A BOOK REVIEW

Hello Friends,

I was recently asked to review 2 books by Christian Historical authors.
Just before Christmas I read:

The Painter’s Daughter
Julie Klassen

•°o•:*:•.OK, BUT HEAVY.•:*:• o°•

March 1815, Devonshire, England

While I enjoyed this book, the particular struggle Sophie deals with by being torn between two brothers, due to an impossible situation, makes it for me, rather heavy. Sophie is not very repentant about her bad choices, but quick to make excuses. Stephen is strong and seeks to solve problems determinedly and quickly, while preserving honor.  Wesley is self-serving and wishy-washy. There are secrets and creepy “spaces” in the family home, where people lurk about.  I definitely thought it weird when the younger, sneaking person in particular was revealed.  Why were they doing that? How were they allowed to?  It did not quite make sense.  The old nanny was very complex, and the suggestion that she might have some fortune-telling type sight was bothersome.  I did not click with her character as much as I would have liked.  On the one had she seems to be a God-fearing, loving, old care-giver, and on the other she sneaks around and gets drunk. In the end, I really wished Wesley – and trying not to spoil anything here – had gone back and tried searching for a particular person lost to him from a few years ago, and attempted to right his wrong, but clearly he was not interested in that. Sophie makes a good choice, and I believe will have the life she desires.  The details of this book were interesting and held my attention, but the overall feeling was not great for me.

I found this book to be not quite as good as Pembrook Park (Bethany House Pub), but FAR BETTER than Lady Maybe (Penguin Random House Pub).

3 stars

© 2015 Bethany House
456 pages + Discussion Questions
I received a copy from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review and also purchased a copy (which I gifted), before I realized I was going to be part of the advanced reader group.
Read: 12/17&18/2015 - Reviewed: 01/14/2015 {sorry, holidays!}

Team Members/Influencers received a Christmas
card and flat bookmark/ornament, which was a lovely
and unexpected gift.
The cover picture was based on this historical
picture the author found on google, and
submitted to the publisher.  Rather interesting.

Publisher's Description
Sophie Dupont, daughter of a portrait painter, assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. She often walks the cliffside path along the north Devon coast, popular with artists and poets. It's where she met the handsome Wesley Overtree, the first man to tell her she's beautiful.

Captain Stephen Overtree is accustomed to taking on his brother's neglected duties. Home on leave, he's sent to find Wesley. Knowing his brother rented a cottage from a fellow painter, he travels to Devonshire and meets Miss Dupont, the painter's daughter. He's startled to recognize her from a miniature portrait he carries with him--one of Wesley's discarded works. But his happiness plummets when he realizes Wesley has left her with child and sailed away to Italy in search of a new muse.

Wanting to do something worthwhile with his life, Stephen proposes to Sophie. He does not offer love, or even a future together, but he can save her from scandal. If he dies in battle, as he believes he will, she'll be a respectable widow with the protection of his family.

Desperate for a way to escape her predicament, Sophie agrees to marry a stranger and travel to his family's estate. But at Overtree Hall, her problems are just beginning. Will she regret marrying Captain Overtree when a repentant Wesley returns? Or will she find herself torn between the father of her child and her growing affection for the husband she barely knows?
Author Bio
Bestselling, award-winning author Julie Klassen loves all things Jane -- Jane Eyre and Jane Austen.  A graduate of the University of Illinoise, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full-time.  She and her husband have two sons and live in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Learn more at

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